Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 4, 2019)
Word of the Day

importune

Definition:(verb) Beg persistently and urgently.
Synonyms:insist
Usage: She had come to the conclusion that he spoke no other English, and so she ceased to importune him for information.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Negative Adverbs

Negative adverbs and negative adverbials are used to modify the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, or entire clause in a negative way. What are double negatives? More...
Article of the Day

The Gentry

The term "gentry," in general, refers to people of gentle birth, good breeding, or high social position. In England, the term historically referred to the class of English landowners ranking just below the nobility. The gentry, particularly in England and Wales, were those not entitled to sit in the House of Lords. By the later Middle Ages, the gentry included knights, esquires, and gentlemen, and, after the 17th century, baronets. What are some examples of the gentry in other countries? More...
This Day in History

The Little Rock School Crisis (1957)

On this day in 1957, Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus ordered the National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. His actions defied the US Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which called for the racial desegregation of public schools. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower responded by sending federal troops to enforce integration and protect the students. What did Faubus do the next year to disrupt integration? More...
Today's Birthday

François-René de Chateaubriand (1768)

Chateaubriand was a French political leader, diplomat, and writer and is considered the "father of French romanticism." His René, a tragic love story with autobiographical touches, exemplifies the characteristically evocative language of romantic fiction. The Genius of Christianity won him the favor of Napoleon, who rewarded him with political assignments. However, Chateaubriand soon became disillusioned and aligned himself with the anti-Bonapartists. Why did he shift his stance? More...
Quotation of the Day
I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

blow (one's) stack

To become very angry, often quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Limassol Wine Festival (2022)

This event is an annual celebration of the wine of Cyprus, lasting nearly two weeks and held in the Municipal Gardens of Limassol, the center of the wine-making industry. Wineries there compete to create the most original and decorative booths, and every evening pour out from barrels free samples of their wine. People sitting at picnic tables may watch exhibits of traditional wine pressing. There are also musical, theatrical, and dance performances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: unexpected

visit, visitation - A visit is an instance of visiting; a visitation is an act of visiting, and carries the connotation of an unexpected or undesired occurrence. More...

October surprise - An unexpected, but popular, political act made just prior to a November election, in an attempt to win votes. More...

off the wall - Alludes to squash or handball, when a shot comes off the wall at an unexpected or erratic angle. More...

wrong-foot - To disconcert by doing something unexpected. More...

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